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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2007 - 2008

Module Title Management & Leadership in Prof Practice
Module Code NS441
School School of Nursing and Human Sciences

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Module Co-ordinatorMs Therese LeuferOffice NumberH227
Level 4 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Module Aims

•To provide students with the opportunity to explore and critically appraise management and leadership issues in an organisational and health care context.
•To explore and analyse key concepts and theoretical frameworks underpinning contemporary professional nursing practice.
•To assist students identify and assess their transferable skills, make more informed career decisions and to prepare effectively for future employment opportunities.
•To develop students’ abilities to think reflectively about their career management and development needs

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, and following a period of personal study, students will be able to:
•Identify and critically analyse management theory and its influence on professional nursing practice.
•Analyse organisational factors that influence decision-making within healthcare.
•Critically analyse the nature of nursing and professional frameworks/ concepts of accountability and autonomy in nursing practice in relation to contemporary developments.
•Analyse differing approaches to the leadership of teams and the nature of teamwork.
•Critically analyse and evaluate approaches to the organisation of nursing care.
•Career Management Skills (Part I): Self-assessment, transferable skills & review of career options.  Writing a winning CV and Covering Letter (Week 3)
•Career Management Skills (Part II): SMART objective setting, Job Applications: Interview Skills, Action Learning  & Reflecting on your Career Management needs and requirements and development (Week 9)

Indicative Time Allowances
Lectures 24
Tutorials 1
Seminars 2
Independent Learning Time 48

Total 75
Assume that a 5 credit module load represents approximately 75 hours' work, which includes all teaching, in-course assignments, laboratory work or other specialised training and an estimated private learning time associated with the module.

Indicative Syllabus

•Theories of management and leadership
•Organisational structure and culture
•Group dynamics / power and empowerment in nursing
•Collaborative teamwork and managing people
•Concepts of responsibility, accountability and autonomy, decision making.
•Code of Conduct / Scope of Practice / Contemporary issues in professional nursing practice
•Resource management / Quality management
•Management & organisation of nursing care- task allocation, primary nursing, case management, critical
(integrated) care pathways.
•Critical factors in successfully managing careers in professional practice
•Self-assessment and Transferable Skills Audit
•Reviewing Career Options
•Job Applications – CVs & Covering Letters
•Interview Skills & Action Learning – Developing a Careers Action Plan
• Branch-specific seminars.

Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Indicative Reading List

Indicative Reading List
An Bord Altranais (2003) The Code of professional Conduct for each Nurse and Midwife. Dublin: An Bord Altranais.
An Bord Altranais (2000) Review of Scope of Practice for Nursing and Midwifery. Dublin: An Bord Altranais.
Cottrell S (2005) Critical Thinking Skills. Hampshire. Palgrave.
Cottrell S (2003) Skills for Success. Hampshire. Palgrave.
Daft, L. and Marcic, D. (2001) Understanding Management. 3rd edition. London. Thompson Learning.
Marquis B. and Huston C.J. (2005) Leadership Roles and Management Functions in Nursing.  4th edition. Philadelphia. Lippincott.
Masters K (2005) Role Development in Professional Nursing Practice. London. Jones and Bartlett.
National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery 2005 Review of Nurses and Midwives in the Prescribing and Administration of Medicinal Products: Summary. Dublin. National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery.
Sullivan E and Decker P 2005 Effective Leadership & Management in Nursing. 6th Ed. Butterworth Heinman.
Walsh M. (2000) Nursing Frontiers: accountability and the boundaries of care. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann.
Middleton S and Roberts A 2000 Integrated Care Pathways: A Practical Approach to Implementation. Butterworth- Heinman Ltd.
Burton M. and Kellaway M. (eds) (1998) Developing and Managing High Quality Services for People with Learning Disabilities. Arena Publishers.
Daft L R. (2003) Organization Theory and Design (8h edition ) South Western Australia
Dublin Academic Teaching Hospitals (2000) Nursing Retention and Recruitment Group Report. Dublin. Dublin Academic Teaching Hospitals.
Flynn M. (1998) Management in the Health Services: the role of the nurse. Report prepared for the Commission on Nursing. Dublin. Stationary Office.
Hall J and Howard D 2006 Integrated Care Pathways in Mental Health. Churchill Livingstone
Hyde J. (2004) Managing and Supporting People in Health Care. Balliere Tindall: London.
Leahy AL and Wiley MM (1998) The Irish health system in the 21st century Dublin, Oak Tree.
McAuliffe E and Joyce L (1998) A Healthier Future? Managing healthcare in Ireland Dublin: Institute of Public Administration
National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery 2006 Guidelines for Portfolio Development for Nurses and Midwives. Dublin. National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery.
Office for Health Management (2000) Report on Nursing Management Competencies. Dublin. Office for Health Management.
Sale D 2005 Understanding Clinical Governance and Quality Assurance: Making It Happen. Palgrave Macmillan.
Thompson T. and Mathias P. (1998) Standards and Learning Disability. Balliere Tindall. London.
Wedderburn Tate C. (2004) Leadership in Nursing. Churchill Livingstone. London.

Summary information for Transcript of Training
Students receive theoretical instruction on management and leadership in professional nursing practice. They will critically explore management theory and its influence on practice, analyse professional frameworks and different approaches to the management of care, and evaluate accountability & autonomy in nursing practice. Career management skills / planning is included in the module.

Programme or List of Programmes
BNGNBSc in Nursing (General)
BNIDBSc in Nursing (Intellectual Disability)
BNPYBSc in Nursing (Psychiatric)